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Teachers Packing Heat


Teachers in one Texas district will be able to bring more than school supplies when they return to school this month.

They could be packing heat.

That's right. Under a new school policy in Harrold County, teachers on the 110-student district's sole campus will be allowed to carry guns to thwart any threats of gun attacks.

"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started," Superintendent David Thweatt wrote on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Web site. Teachers who bring in guns, he added, would have to undertake crisis- management training first. They'd also, of course, need to have a license for the firearm.

The policy has provoked a firestorm of protest from school safety proponents. "There is a huge difference between having trained ... law-enforcement officers that are armed ... versus having teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers and other non-public safety professionals packing a gun in school with hundreds of children," said Kenneth Trump, the president of the National School Safety and Security Services, who also warned about the possibility of an accidental shooting.

In Harrold, there appears to have been no threat so far that would require such a step. But Mr. Thweatt says he's worried the school could be a target because it sits near a busy highway.

And who could argue with that?


This story made http://detentionslip.org. Voted #1 for crazy headlines in education.

I see no issue with teachers carrying licensed weapons. It works in Israel, so why not here in the States?

Some states require training before issuing a concealed carry permit or handgun license.

School boards can mandate additional proof of training of basic firearm safety (at teacher cost) from the teachers choosing to participate in this excellent program.

The argument about accidental shootings is specious. Someone might be accidently run down in a parking lot, yet there is no public outcry against driving to school; someone might be accidently hospitalized due to a school-sponsored sport, yet there is no public outcry to remove sports from schools.

So how are firearms any different?

Accidental discharges do not happen; negligent discharges do. Firearms are tools, just like cars and computers. If used wisely, these tools are wonderful. If used irresponsibly by untrained and/or incompetent people, cars, computers, and firearms can destroy lives.

Teachers fill the role of sheepdogs in our society (along with police and military, among others), so let these sheepdogs have teeth.

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